UAEU Students Awarded for Efficient Transportation Project
Students at the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) are increasingly being recognised
for their outstanding work in different research fields.
One of them, Ms. Azza AlShamsi, was recently awarded for her work as team leader of a research project within the Human Resources and Management space.
She and her team, who are students in the field Geographic Information Systems (GIS),
created a solution for an issue that many people across the UAE face on a daily basis
– finding a parking spot in traffic. After studying a number of creative and innovative
concepts in Spring 2021, the students developed an application called Car Service
Application (CSAP) to help solve the difficulty. They focused on three specific features,
namely high quality, low cost and an ease of usage.
Although the team is currently still working on the project, by attempting to find
companies that will help fund the app, they were recently awarded for their research
at the 8th Annual Research Competition, organised by the Abu Dhabi University.
After sending their idea through to the organisers, they were asked to proceed to
the competition’s next stage by posting a video on YouTube further explaining their
project. They were announced as the winners via Zoom and were part of a number of
other UAEU students who took part in the competition in different fields. “I was interested
in the field because it is a problem that all people face,” she explained. “It costs
money and time when you look for parking – you could have an appointment that you
arrive late for because of this, so it is a problem that maybe no one sees but our
app can help solve it.”
The team of three continued working on the project throughout the summer, as they
started contacting a number engineers to try and develop the idea even further and
make it more creative. They also plan on using new technology involving Artificial
Although the idea stemmed from a graded project in class, the students received great
support from their teacher, Khaula Al Kaabi, a UAEU Professor in Geography. AlShamsi
spoke highly of her, highlighting her encouragement towards her students to enroll
in additional classes outside of the University and researching courses that would
help them develop their idea further. “Because we are geography students, so we do
not necessarily know about how applications work,” AlShamsi said. “So we took many
courses that helped us prototype the app and our teacher’s assistance allowed us to
think outside the box, rather than just work on the geography or the mapping side
of the research.”
She said the University was extremely encouraging, in terms of helping them take part
in the competition and following through with their project to ensure they develop
their idea to its fullest. AlShamsi said her teacher did not solely see her research
as a university project, rather, she spoke of it as a “brilliant idea” that deserved
to be pursued.
The UAEU also helped the team of students to find a proposal, while its technical
team provided them with valuable ideas and feedback. Prof. Al Kaabi helped them develop
their idea on the ground, firstly, by assisting them in implementing the project and
secondly, by working towards having them use the University’s carpark for their work.
Prof. Al Kaabi’s reputation precedes her, as she has helped many other students in
their research projects, by assisting them in entering competitions. “She is a great
teacher,” noted AlShamsi, who expressed great pride when she and her team received
the award last month and felt gratitude towards the University for helping them achieve
their goal. “We were proud because we only saw it as a project, and it made us think
that we can achieve a lot more and we can create and develop something that will help
the community and the UAE.”
Her aim is to help save local residents money and time and, in that context, to focus
more on enjoying their life, rather than spend it looking for parking spots. Her project
also falls in line with the UAE’s vision of focusing on efficient transportation.
With one and a half years left at the University, AlShamsi is now looking forward
to her research work, and remains constantly in contact with Prof. Al Kaabi, who has
exerted great dedication towards her students by working beyond her University hours.
For AlShamsi, the UAEU is the perfect example of a stellar university as it thoroughly
helps its students. “There is no need to travel abroad to study because we have one
of the best universities in the world,” she concluded. “You can get a great degree
and work anywhere with it afterwards because it really is one of the best out there
and the first one across the country”.